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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Kira Lowery, Commercial Appeal Player of the Week

Kira Lowery, Southwind: Lowery turned in three great all-around games for the Jaguars, starting with 26 points, nine assists and six steals in a win over Craigmont. She then had 21, eight and seven against Mitchell before totaling 21, three and six against Briarcrest.

Memphis High School Basketball Top Performers for Dec. 12

From Commercial Appeal


Annaliese Burnett, MHEA: Burnett scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Eagles picked a great night to end their shooting slump, defeating Central 72-44. Lindsey Vaughn added 21 and Kylie Loadholt 17 for the defending home school national champions who are now 10-3.

Zareia Ector, Catholic: The Chargers are off to a 7-1 start following a 70-30 win against Overton in which Ector scored 17. Carria Smith added 15, Lytia Flowers 14 and Deyon Gipson 10.

Jayla Hemingway, Houston: Despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter, Houston's star had 24 points, 11 rebounds, eight steals and four assists in a xx-xx victory over Mitchell.

Hope Howlett, Macon Road Baptist: Howlett had 19 as Macon Road picked up a 70-35 victory over Central Baptist. Isabella Everett had 18 and Janinna Barber 17 while Callie Hogan scored a game-high 22 in defeat.

Sade Hudson, Trezevant: The Tennessee-Martin signee scored 28 as the Bears took control early and defeated 58-24 in District 16-AAA. Trezevant is now 3-2.

Chancey Jackson, Oakhaven: Jackson scored 22 points and had four assists as the Hawks improved to 7-0 with an 81-20 victory over W.E.B. DuBois LP&P. Jayla Webb added 12 points, Alista Williams 11 and Kierra King 10. Jackson had 19 points and four steals in Monday's 62-9 victory over Hillcrest.

Tremesha Rogers, BTW: Rogers scored 23 to lead the Warriors to a 77-50 over Douglass.

Jada Taylor and Lauren Taylor, Collierville: The Dragons' 69-9 victory over Millington was, well, Taylor-made as each scored 15.

Shmya Ward, Whitehaven: Ward poured in 29 points as Whitehaven improved to 6-2 with a 62-36 victory over Kirby. Alexis Acoff led the Cougars with 21.

Diamond Wray, Kingsbury: Wray scored 13 and Angela Couch 12 as the Falcons kept Sheffield winless, 47-37. Cabria Thomas had 17 for the Knights.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Memphis Area 2018 Class Signings

Please email popo@girlsbasketballtrainer.com commitments/signing updates and pictures.

Jasmine Carson (Whitehaven/AR Banshees) - signed with Georgia Tech
Gabby Crawford (Munford/TN Flight) - signed with  Alabama
Elizabeth Dixon (Ridgeway/AR Banshees) - signed with Georgia Tech
Surina Dixon (TPA/Lady Mambas) - Signed with Jackson State
Carnessia Griggs (BTW) - Signed with Jackson State
Lauren Gross (Northpoint/Memphis Elite Daniels) - signed with North Florida
Sade' Hudson (Trezevant/Team Slink) - signed withUT Martin
Shay Johnson (Byhalia/Memphis Elite Daniels) - committed to Central Arkansas
Taylor Lattimore (Arlington/Lady Mambas) - Signed with Jackson State
Brittni Moore (White Station/Memphis Elite Daniels) - signed with UT Martin
Mahogany Vaught (Olive Branch/Team Slink) - signed with South Alabama
Lindsey Vaughn (MHEA/Team TN Glory) - signed with Mississippi College
Jireh Washington (Central/Team Slink) - signed with Arkansas State

Taylor Williams (White Station) Career-high 17 points




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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Memphis High School Basketball Schedule: Dec. 12-18

From Commercial Appeal

Here are the Memphis area high school basketball schedules for the week of Dec. 12-Dec. 18.
 All girls games begin at 6 p.m. with boys following at 7:30 p,m, unless noted.

Please send updates, corrections or rescheduled games to reporter John Varlas (john.varlas@commercialappeal.com) or reach him on Twitter (@johnvarlas).

Dec. 12

Girls/boys: White Station at Cordova; Kirby at Whitehaven; Collierville at Millington; Mitchell at Houston; St. Benedict at Arlington; Kingsbury at Sheffield; GRAD Academy at Trezevant; MLK Prep at Wooddale; Brighton at Covington; Jackson Sacred Heart at Fayette-Ware; City University at Fairley; Hillcrest at W.E.B. DuBois A&T; Power Center Academy at Memphis School of Excellence; W.E.B. DuBois LP&P at Oakhaven; Westwood at Freedom Prep; BTW at Douglass; Soulsville at KIPP; Manassas at Middle College; Memphis Business Academy at MAHS

Girls only: MHEA at Central; Overton at Germantown; Bolton at Lausanne;

Boys only: Bolton at Central; Overton at Catholic

Dec. 13

Girls/boys: Bartlett at Brighton; GRAD Academy at Fairley; Raleigh-Egypt at Melrose; City University at Hillcrest; Memphis Rise at MASE; Trezevant at Memphis Business Academy; Craigmont at Hamilton

Girls only: Middle College at Kingsbury

Dec. 14

Girls/boys: Whitehaven at Overton; Center Hill at Collierville; Cordova at Kirby; Hamilton at MLK Prep; Memphis School of Excellence at Wooddale; Margolin Hebrew Academy at Freedom Prep

Girls only: East at City University; MHEA at Southwind

Boys only: Power Center Academy at Southwind; East vs. Webster Groves (Mo.) at White Station

Dec. 15

Girls/boys: Arlington at Central; White Station at Raleigh-Egypt; Germantown at St. Benedict; Covington at Bolton; Kingsbury at Trezevant; Millington at Munford; GRAD Academy at Mitchell; Hamilton at Wooddale; Sheffield at Melrose; Fairley at Freedom Prep; Memphis School of Excellence at Westwood; W.E.B. DuBois A&T at Oakhaven; Power Center Academy at W.E.B. DuBois LP&P; Douglass at KIPP; BTW at Manassas; MAHS at Soulsville; Middle College at MASE; Southaven at Catholic; St. George's at Harding; Northpoint at Tipton-Rosemark; Rossville at H.W. Byers (Miss.); Carroll Academy at FACS

Girls only: East at Lausanne; Lewisburg at Fayette Academy; Houston vs. Alma (Ark.) at Bartlett Invitational

Boys only: Houston at Lausanne; ECS at Murray (Ky.); CBHS vs. Alma (Ark.) in Bartlett Invitational; Chattanooga Hamilton Heights vs. Bartlett in Bartlett Invitational

Dec. 16

Girls/boys: Westwood vs. Hamilton in Whitehaven Classic at Hamilton

Girls only: Whitehaven at Wenonah (Miss.); Houston vs. Little Rock Hall in Bartlett Invitational; Central at Queens of the Hardwood Classic in Atlanta;

Boys only: Whitehaven vs. Mitchell in Whitehaven Classic at Hamilton; Southwind vs. Fairley in Whitehaven Classic at Hamilton; Fayette Academy at Clarksburg at FedExForum; Germantown vs. Little Rock Hall in Bartlett Invitational; CBHS vs. Bartlett in Bartlett Invitational; Brighton vs. Olive Branch at Joe Horn Classic in Columbus, Miss.

Dec. 18

Girls/boys: Hamilton at Ridgeway; Craigmont at Mitchell; Sheffield at Trezevant; More Than Basketball Tournament at Harding; Overton at William Osteen Christmas Tournament at Millington

Girls only: Rossville at ECS; Brighton at William Osteen Christmas Tournament in Millington

Boys only: Memphis Rise at Margolin Hebrew Academy

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Memphis High School Basketball Top Performers for Dec. 5

From Commercial Appeal

Jordan Allen, Tipton-Rosemark: Allen, a freshman, scored 19 points and grabbed 10 boards to lead three players in double figures in a 56-24 victory over ECS. Abby West chipped in with 12 while Megan Sanfratello added 11 as TRA improved to 6-0.

Se'Quoia Allmond, Whitehaven: One of the top freshmen in the state, Allmond scored 15 points and handed out 10 assists as the Tigers rolled past Collierville, 63-42. She also had four steals while racking up her sixth double-double this year. Vertonia Bady scored 16 to lead the Tigers, now 5-1.

Kerrigan Braxton, Hutchison: Braxton led a balanced attack with 11 as the Sting (5-2) took control in the first half and defeated Wooddale, 56-19.

Tashun Bryson, Mitchell: This week's Commercial Appeal player of the week led the Tigers with 19 in a 63-29 victory over MLK Prep. Miata Borders added 16, Markeisha Hayes 13 and Karissa Hamlett 11 for Mitchell, which has won seven in a row.

Jacaila Davis and Sage Hawley, Harding: Davis and Hawley each scored 10 as the Lions defeated St. Benedict, 44-33. Freshman Deja Pryor had a game-high 17 for the Eagles.

Claire Fleming, Lewisburg: Fleming scored 32 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Patriots ran their record to 8-1 with a 69-49 victory over Strayhorn.

Sade Hudson, Trezevant: Hudson, headed to Tennessee-Martin, outscored the opposition by herself as she dropped 26 on Melrose in a 56-22 victory. She also added 13 rebounds and six steals and got plenty of help from Quinterria Foster, who had 11 points, six steals and three assists.

Antonika "Tweet" Jones, Douglass: After scoring 52 in a game last week, Jones stayed hot with 25 as the Red Devils edged Manassas, 50-49.

Diona Reed, Briarcrest: Another promising freshman in town is the 6-4 Reed, who scored 24 to lead the Saints to a 57-37 victory over Kirby. Savanna Owens added 15 for the winners.

Tremesha Rogers, BTW: Rogers knocked down six 3-pointers en route to a 27-point night as the Lady Warriors downed MAHS, 65-45. Derrenisha Jackson had 20 while Chrusia Wilks added 12.

Kamequa Rucker, Memphis Business Academy: One of the top returning scorers from last year, Rucker led four players in double-digits with 24 in a 65-26 victory over Middle College. Sister Anayah Rucker added 12, Rikiyah Curtis had 15 and Kiaya Weaver 12.

Jireh Washington, Central: The senior — who signed with Arkansas State during the early period — scored 27 as the Lady Warriors turned back Brownsville Haywood, 74-58. University of Memphis signee Jamirah Shutes had a game-high 27 in defeat.

Jade Wells, Northpoint: The senior poured in a career-high 39 points as the Trojans — minus three graduated starters from their back-to-back state title teams — improved to 6-0 with a 74-27 victory over Millington. Michaela Brown added 11 points and six steals.

Lanetta Williams, Arlington: The highly-regarded 6-3 junior dominated inside as the Tigers knocked off White Station, 75-64. She finished with 30 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks.

Tashun Bryson, Commercial Appeal Player of the Week

Tashun Bryson, Mitchell: There are plenty of talented ninth and tenth-graders in the area this year and Bryson deserves mention among the best. She scored 20 points (11 of 12 from the free-throw line) and grabbed 11 rebounds against Trezevant, before adding 16 and 11 against Overton. Bryson then had 15 points, 14 boards and six blocks against GRAD Academy to help fuel Mitchell's six-game winning streak.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ashtyn Baker (Northpoint) Earns 2nd Big South Freshman of the Week Honor


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Memphis High School Basketball Schedule: Dec. 5-11

From Commercial Appeal


Here are the Memphis area high school basketball schedules for the week of Dec. 5-Dec. 11. All girls games begin at 6 p.m. with boys following at 7:30 p,m, unless noted.

Please send updates, corrections or rescheduled games to reporter John Varlas (john.varlas@commercialappeal.com) or reach him on Twitter (@johnvarlas).

Dec. 5

Girls/boys: Haywood at Central; Overton at Germantown; White Station at Arlington; Briarcrest at Kirby; Southwind at Craigmont; Millington at Bartlett; Munford at Center Hill; Sheffield at GRAD Academy; Melrose at Trezevant; MLK Prep at Mitchell; Covington at Dyersburg; Northpoint at Fayette-Ware; City University at Memphis School of Excellence; Fairley at Hillcrest; W.E.B. DuBois LP&P at Freedom Prep; Westwood at Oakhaven; Power Center Academy at W.E.B. DuBois A&T; Douglass at Manassas; BTW at MAHS; Soulsville at MASE; Memphis Business Academy at Middle College; Harding at St. Benedict; ECS at Tipton-Rosemark; Fayette Academy at Jackson Christian; FACS at Jackson Sacred Heart

Girls: Cordova at East; Collierville at Whitehaven; Wooddale at Hutchison; Bolton vs. St. Mary's at CBHS

Boys: Whitehaven at MUS; Arkansas Christian at Collierville; Houston at Cordova; Bolton at CBHS; Margolin Hebrew Academy at MHEA

Dec. 6

Girls/boys: Hamilton at Raleigh-Egypt

Dec. 7

Girls/boys: Whitehaven at Olive Branch; Mitchell at Southwind; Craigmont at MLK Prep; Power Center Academy at City University; Oakhaven at Fairley; Memphis School of Excellence at Freedom Prep; Hillcrest at W.E.B. DuBois LP&P; W.E.B. DuBois A&T at Westwood; MASE at Douglass; MAHS at KIPP; Memphis Business Academy at BTW; Soulsville at Middle College; St. George's at Tipton-Rosemark; Wooddale at Kirby

Girls: MHEA at St. Agnes; Rossville Christian at Brinkley (Ark.) Heights; Houston vs. East Hamilton at Chick-Fil-A East/West Classic in Cleveland, Tenn.; Germantown at Wampus Cat Invitational in Conway, Ark.

Dec. 8

Girls/boys: Kirby at Central; Collierville at Hernando; Ridgeway at Hamilton; Sheffield at Kingsbury; Brighton at Ripley; Covington at Munford; GRAD Academy at Craigmont; Memphis Rise at MLK Prep; East at Fayette-Ware; Millington at Dyer County; Power Center Academy vs. Freedom Prep at FedExForum; Oakhaven at Hillcrest; Douglass at Middle College; MAHS at Memphis Business Academy; MASE at Manassas; KIPP at Memphis Business Academy; Soulsville at BTW; St. Benedict at Montgomery Bell Academy; Northpoint at Trezevant; ECS at Carroll Academy; Fayette Academy at Tipton-Rosemark; Jackson Christian at FACS

Girls: East at Fayette-Ware; Hutchison at St. Mary's; MHEA at Harding; Arlington vs. Oak Ridge at Chick-Fil-A East/West Classic in Cleveland, Tenn.; Bartlett vs. East Hamilton at Chick-Fil-A East/West Classic in Cleveland, Tenn.; Houston vs. Bradley Central at Chick-Fil-A East/West Classic in Cleveland, Tenn.; Germantown at Wampus Cat Invitational in Conway, Ark.

Boys: MUS at Houston; Memphis Nighthawks at Harding; Bolton vs. Bradley Central in Chick-Fil-A East/West Classic in Cleveland, Tenn.

Memphis vs. Atlanta Classic at CBHS: Covenant Christian vs. Melrose, 4:30 p.m.; St. Pius X vs. CBHS, 6 p.m.; Cordova vs. Gainesville, 7:30 p.m.; East vs. Newton (Ga.), 9 p.m.

Memphis vs. The World Extravaganza at Arlington: Word of God (N.C.) vs. Briarcrest, 4 p.m.; Prolific Prep (Ca.) vs. Oldsmar (Fla.) Christian, 5:30 p.m.; Potter's House (Fla.) vs. Arlington, 7 p.m.; Tennessee Prep vs. Lincoln Academy, 8:30 p.m.; Tennessee Prep girls vs. Hamilton Heights, 10 p.m.

Dec. 9

Girls/boys: St. Benedict at East Nashville; FACS at Rossville Christian

Girls: Soldan (Mo.) International Studies at Mitchell; Southwind at Briarcrest; Bolton at North Panola; St. Agnes at Northpoint; Arlington at Bradley Central in Chick-Fil-A East/West Classic in Cleveland, Tenn.; Bartlett vs. Cleveland at Chick-Fil-A East/West Classic in Cleveland, Tenn.; Houston vs. Oak Ridge at Chick-Fil-A East/West Classic in Cleveland, Tenn.; Germantown at Wampus Cat Invitational at Conway, Ark.

Boys: MHEA at Northpoint; Bartlett vs. Westside (Ark.) in Natural State Classic in Jonesboro, Ark.; Brighton vs. Maumelle (Ark.) in Natural State Classic in Jonesboro, Ark.; Bolton vs. East Hamilton at Chick-Fil-A East/West Classic in Cleveland, Tenn.; GRAD Academy vs. TBD in Showdown in the South in Nashville; Fairley vs. TBD at Showndown in the South in Nashville

Memphis vs. Atlanta Classic at Lausanne: Mitchell vs. Gainesville (Ga.), noon; Raleigh-Egypt vs. Covenant Christian, 1:30 p.m.; Hamilton vs. Newton (Ga.), 3 p.m.; Cordova vs. Birmingham (Ala.) Midfield; 4:30 p.m.; Ridgeway vs. Pinson Valley (Ala.), 6 p.m.; Lausanne vs. St. Pius X, 7:30 p.m.

Memphis vs. The World Extravaganza at Briarcrest: Potter's House (Fla.) vs. Melrose, 10 a.m.; Southwind vs. Olive Branch, noon; Tennessee Prep vs. Heritage, 2 p.m.; Prolific Prep (Ca.) vs. East, 4 p.m.; Word of God (N.C.) vs. Arlington, 6 p.m.; Oldsmar (Fla.) Christian vs. Briarcrest, 8 p.m.

Dec. 11

Girls/boys: KIPP at Southwind; Melrose at Craigmont; Memphis Rise at MLK Prep;

Girls: Millington at Hutchison; Bartlett at St. Agnes

Boys: Millington at MUS; Harding at CBHS

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Memphis Area High School Basketball Top Performers for Nov. 28

From Commercial Appeal

Tia Bland, Covington: Scored 14 points to lead the Chargers to a 39-27 victory over Munford. Deja Potter led the Cougars with 13.

Tashun Bryson, Mitchell: Bryson scored 20 as a young Tigers team improved to 5-1 with a 44-43 victory over Trezevant. Sade Hudson led the Bears with 24.

Taa' Fondren, Lausanne: Fondren had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lynx past St. Mary's, 37-30.

Imani Gillen, Bartlett: Gillen scored 13 points as Bartlett picked up its first victory of the season, 57-20 over Germantown. Makia Morris added 10 for the Panthers.

Lauren Gross, Northpoint: The two-time defending Division II-A state champions are off to a 4-0 start following a 60-32 victory over Magnolia Heights (Miss.). Gross led the way with 25 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals while Jade Wells added 16 points.

Maxine Engel, Hutchison: Engel scored 16 as the Sting (3-1) kept their poise down the stretch and hung on to defeat Melrose, 50-40.

Zieta Lee, Memphis School of Excellence: The sophomore scored 29 points but didn't get nearly enough help as the Eagles fell to Oakhaven, 79-41.

Brittni Moore, White Station: It's not even December but the Spartans' senior is already making a strong case for player of the year honors. Last week's player of the week scored 35 points (13 of 21 from the floor) and grabbed nine rebounds in a 65-61 victory over Southwind. Alaina Price added 13 while freshman Lyric Cole grabbed 14 rebounds. Ya'Taria Coleman scored 22 to lead the Jaguars.

Kamequa Rucker, Memphis Business Academy: Rucker scored 22 to lead MBA past Manassas, 42-39. Latonia Farley (17) and Markeisha Scott (16) combined for 33 of the Tigers' 39 points.

Megan Sanfratello, Tipton-Rosemark: Sanfratello led the way with 18 points as TRA improved to 4-0 with a 68-21 victory over Millington. Freshman Jordan Hall chipped in with 14 and 11 rebounds while Brittany Hall added 11 points.

Safharee Scruggs, Overton: After an 0-23 season last year, the Wolverines are now 2-3 following their 73-44 victory over Wooddale. Scruggs, a senior, led with 16 while Charmita Brooks scored 14 and Bacardi Peoples 13.

Carria Smith, Catholic: The Chargers are 5-0 following a 55-43 victory over St. Benedict. Smith led her team with 21 while Deja Pryor had a game-high 24 for the Eagles.

Lauren Taylor, Collierville: Taylor scored 16 points as the Dragons (2-1) broke open a tie game at halftime and defeated DeSoto Central, 63-40.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Brittni Moore, Commercial Appeal Player of the Week

Brittni Moore, White Station: Moore, who will play her college ball at Tennessee-Martin, turned in a monster effort as the Spartans defeated Whitehaven 74-70 last Friday. She scored 29 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to go along with four assists and three steals.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Olivia Cunningham (Horn Lake) Career-High 27 points



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A'Queen Hayes (Horn Lake) Named OVC Newcomer Of The Week



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Memphis high school basketball top performers for Nov. 21

From Commercial Appeal


Sasha Chambliss, Cordova: Chambliss opened her season with 22 points as the Wolves defeated Douglass, 55-35.

Maxine Engel, Hutchison: The freshman scored a game-high 12 as the Sting improved to 2-1 with a 62-24 victory over KIPP Academy.

Sade Hudson, Trezevant: Hudson, who will play her college ball at Tennessee-Martin, scored 26 as the Bears pulled away in the second half and defeated MAHS, 60-38.

Brittni Moore, White Station: The future Tennessee-Martin Skyhawk opened her season with 20 points as the Spartans took control in the first half and defeated Martin Luther King Prep, 76-21.

Shmya Ward, Whitehaven: Ward poured in 34 points as the Tigers, ranked second in the preseason girls Dandy Dozen, improved to 2-0 with an 85-17 victory over Hillcrest in the MLK Tournament. Mericle Blake-Hall chipped in with 13, star freshman Se'Quoia Allmond had 12 and Brianna Pettis 11.

Darry'l White, Hamilton: White had 16 points, seven assists and six steals as Chris Adams picked up his first victory for the Wildcats, 42-36 over Memphis Business Academy. Crystal Henderson had 11 rebounds in the MLK Tournament.

Memphis area girls basketball: Preseason Dandy Dozen

From Commercial Appeal


1. Houston
Coach: Ben Moore
Last year: 28-4 (lost to Riverdale in the Class AAA semifinals
The Mustangs return four starters. Leading the way is junior Jayla Hemingway, who averaged 18.4 points and 5.5 rebounds and has surpassed 1,000 career points. She'll have help from 5-9 guard Madison Griggs (10.8 points), 5-6 point guard Destinee Wells (9 points, 4.6 assists) and 5-9 junior Melissa Carter (7.5 points, 5.1 rebounds).

2. Whitehaven
Coach: Lynn Smith
Last year: 17-9 (lost to Houston in the Region 8-AAA semifinals)
An already solid team thanks to returnees like Shmya Ward (13.5 ppg) has been upgraded significantly thanks to transfers Vertonia Bady (Mitchell), Carleesia Austin (Westwood) and Mericle Hall (Ridgeway). The key is freshman point guard Se'Quoia Allmond, who had 10 points, 7 assists and 7 steals in a victory over Melrose last week.

3. Arlington
Coach: Wes Shappley
Last year: 23-10 (lost to Houston in AAA sectional)
The Tigers have the talent to get to state. Taylor Lattimore and Caitlyn Wilson each averaged 14 points while 6-4 junior Lanetta Williams pitched in with 11, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Lanetta's twin sister, Lanyce, also returns and Shappley has another pair of promising twins in 5-9 freshmen Carmen and Charmen Taylor.

4. Olive Branch
Coach: Jason Thompson
Last year: 33-1 (won MHSAA 6A championship but later forfeited it due to using an ineligible player)
Three-time Commercial Appeal player of the year Myah Taylor is now at Mississippi State, but the Quistors still look like the best team in DeSoto County. South Alabama signee Mahogany Vaught averaged 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals, while 6-1 center Katie Blackmon averaged 11 points and 13 boards.

5. Central
Coach: Rashad Haynes
Last year: 30-7 (lost to Riverdale in the Class AAA title game)
Haynes' team has one of the best 1-2 punches in the state in senior guards Jireh Washington (Arkansas State signee) and Johne' Stewart and will be even better once Brianna Cooks and Kynadi Kuykendoll return from injury.

6. MHEA
Coach: Tracy Rice
Last year: 30-11 (won homeschool national championship)
The Eagles won the national homeschool championship for the third time and reached the title game for the seventh time in eight years. They will be led by 5-8 senior Annaliese Burnett, 5-7 senior Lindsey Vaughn and 5-8 senior Kylie Loadholt. Gigi Ford is the distributor while Ashley Carson is back after missing last year with a torn ACL.

7. Munford
Coach: Steve Poindexter
Last year: 26-7 (lost to Central in Class AAA sectionals)
Gabby Crawford is back for one final season and the Cougars couldn't be happier. The 6-2 senior, who has signed with Alabama, averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds as Munford advanced to within one game of state. She'll get plenty of help from 5-11 senior Deja Carter.

8. Northpoint
Coach: Barry Gray
Last year: 29-2 (won the Division II-A championship)
Miss Basketball winner Ashtyn Baker, Lindsey Whiteside and Hannah Shaffer have graduated, but the cupboard isn't bare. Sharpshooter Lauren Gross has signed with North Florida while Jade Wells is one of the best inside players in Division II. Amara McKay will also be a big contributor.

9. White Station
Coach: Tommy Warren
Last year: 26-4 (lost to Central in the Region 8-AAA semifinals)
With several key contributors having graduated, much of the Spartans' hopes will rest on Tennessee-Martin signee Brittni Moore, who averaged 12 ppg. Warren welcomes in one of the best freshman classes in the city led by Demiya Bess, Lyric Cole and Kyla Mason.

10. Harding
Coach: Becky Starks
Last year: 24-8 (lost to Northpoint in Division II-A semifinals)
There will be a big hole in the paint where South Alabama freshman Antoinette Lewis used to dominate, but the Lions will still be hard to handle. Starks welcomes back Sage Hawley (6-3 sophomore); Jacaila Davis (5-2 junior); Hadley Horner (5-10 junior) and Alexandria Ellis (5-5 junior) while adding promising 5-8 sophomore Hailey Smith.

11. Covington
Coach: Katrisha Glass
Last year: 20-10 (lost to Haywood in Region 8-AA semifinals)
The Chargers have a good mix of veteran and young talent and can contend for a trip to Murfreesboro once more. Lamia Udley and Tia Bland are seniors with potential to cause trouble in the paint while Trinity Taylor is a 5-6 point guard with lots of promise.

12. Mitchell
Coach: Derek Hunter
Last year: 28-4 (lost to Trinity Christian in the Region 8A semifinals)
The Tigers are moving up to AA and lost a couple of very good players in Derenisha Taylor (graduated) and Vertonia Bady (transferred). Miata Borders (11 ppg) will be the leader while Tashun Bryson and Ravann Rogers should do well in bigger roles.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Annaliese Burnett, Commercial Appeal Player of the Week

Annaliese Burnett, MHEA: The 5-foot-8 senior was instrumental in two victories last week. Burnett scored 27 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in a 52-44 victory over Briarcrest before coming back with 18 and nine against White Station.

Memphis high school basketball: 10 girls to watch

From Commercial Appeal

Alexis Acoff, Kirby: Acoff led the city in scoring last season with an average of 27.9 points per game, which included a 54-point effort in a victory over GRAD Academy. Along with her sister Madalyn, Acoff has transferred to Kirby and will make the Cougars dangerous.

Annaliese Burnett, MHEA: The national home school powerhouse Eagles have produced several terrific players over the last few years, and Burnett appears to be the next one in line. The 5-8 senior is off to a terrific start, averaging 22.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in two games last week.

Gabby Crawford, Munford: Crawford, who signed with Alabama during the early period, is 6-2 and skilled; nominally a forward, she has expanded her game to include better 3-point shooting and ball-handling. She averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds while leading the Cougars to the AAA sectionals.

Elizabeth Dixon, Ridgeway: At 6-4, Dixon has been a towering presence on both ends of the floor since her freshman season. Now the leader of a young Roadrunners club, the Georgia Tech signee averaged 17.7 points, 11.1 rebounds and 4.7 blocks.

Jayla Hemingway, Houston: It seems like Hemingway has been around forever but she's still just a junior. She averaged 18.4 points per game and led the Mustangs to the semifinals of the Class AAA state tournament. After scoring 33 points in her opener, Hemingway looks poised to take a run at Miss Basketball.

Sade Hudson, Trezevant: The UT-Martin signee averaged 19.9 points per game last year, and Trezevant will goes as far as she can take them.

Taylor Lattimore, Arlington: Lattimore averaged 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals per game as a junior and will be one of the leaders of a loaded Tigers team that has a chance to be special.

Savanna Owens, Briarcrest: She signed last week to run track at Memphis but Owens is pretty handy on the court as well. The 5-8 guard averaged 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3.1 steals last year and will be in the Division II Miss Basketball conversation.

Megan Sanfratello, Tipton-Rosemark: The Lady Rebels have some of the best young talent anywhere, starting two freshman and two eighth-graders last year who all excelled. The best might be Sanfratello, who averaged 18 points and made the all-metro team as a freshman.

Shernika Spencer, MASE: One of the best small-school talents in the city, Spencer ranked third in the city as junior with an average of 20.3 points per game while knocking down 64 3s.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Se’Quoia Allmond, Diona Reed stand out at Future Stars USA 2017

Future Stars USA was held July 28 at Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington, Kentucky. The event had just 60 (by invitation without charge to players having been pre-screened by event organizers) participants from the 2021, 2022 and 2023 classes.

PassThaBall was in attendance at the event. This is what they had to say about Se’Quoia Allmond and Diona Reed:

Se’Quoia Allmond, 5-5, point guard, 2021 (Memphis, Tennessee) Allmond is an athletic lead guard with good handles. and decent court vision. She can attack going right (strong hand) or left.


Diona Reed, 6-3, center, 2021 (Millington, Tennessee) Reed has continued to fill out from last year’s event (where last seen). Strongly built, she is a force down low but has added some range out to the foul line, impressive for age, height and build. All things considered, she runs adequately.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Chyna Ellis (Arlington), Antoinette Lewis (Harding) in Canada for WBB Preseason Trip

The University of South Alabama women's basketball team are on a  9-day, two-city trip to Canada where they will play three games and visit the cities through various tours.



Chyna Ellis (Arlington) and Antoinette Lewis (Harding) are members of the team.

You can check out pictures and their experience at http://usawbb.weebly.com/

Friday, July 14, 2017

Lindsey Vaughn 2017 Maravich Award Winner



Congratulations to MHEA '18 G Lindsey Vaughn on being named HomeSchool Basketball's 2017 Maravich Award Winner.

The Maravich Award is reserved for HomeSchool Basketball’s National Player of the Year. The 2017 Maravich finalist (listed above) consist of the top 4 vote earners from a field that originally featured the top 26 boys & top 26 girls homeschool basketball players in the nation.



Lindsey wasn't the only award winner. Her MHEA teammate Annaliese Burnett  was honored as the National Junior Defensive POY

JoAnna Smith (Southaven) Signs Professional Contract In Portugal


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Monday, June 12, 2017

Mid-South Players Shine in Insider Exposure Junior All-American Camp 2017




Blue Star Media's Mark Lewis was in Memphis or rather Collierville evaluating the Insider Exposure Junior all-American Camp 2017.

Here's what he had to say about Mid-South Area players:

Sequoia Almond – 2021 – 5-5 – Point Guard – Cordova, Tenn. – Ballhandling and passing are elite…Sees the floor in transition and the halfcourt…Creates off hesitation move effectively…Attacks off make, miss and turnovers…Nice athleticism and strength for size and age

Karlee Bates – 2020 – 5-4 – Point Guard – Arlington, Tenn. – Ballhandling is efficient…In and out works well…Mixes up both speed and direction…Has some quickness…Carless at times…Consistency will have to evolve

Tylei Byrd – 2021 – 5-9 – Guard – Jonesboro, Ark. – Size, build and strength at guard…Impressive ballskills…Gets to the rim and handles contact…Pull up is there…Physically has the tools to be an impact on both ends of the floor…Major possibilities

Tess Darby – 2020 – 5-11 – Wing – Greenfield, Tenn. – Size and length on the wing…Has some ballskills…Can set up passes effectively…Reads the floor and defenders…Pull up is sound…Has depth in her game…Strength will have to come

Jayla Hemingway – 2019 – 5-10 – Guard – Collierville, Tenn. – Established physically strong guard…Using a change of speed much more effectively…Crossover still serving her well…Acceleration…Can produce near the rim but comfortable around the horn…Ducks her head to a degree on the jumper…Willing to mix things up…Taking better cushions on her close outs with good results

Mya Pratcher – 2022 – 5-11 – Forward – Olive Branch, Miss. – Wiry built forward…Has some ballskills to call upon…Lots of length…Had moments but seemed unsure at times…Confidence will come

Dionna Reed – 2021 – 6-2 – Post – Memphis, Tenn. – Size and frame in the post…Surprisingly mobile…Plays with an abandon unusual for interior players…Has great agility for size…Put it on the floor a time or two…Impressive awareness…Left hand has to evolve…All up to her

Johne Stewart – 2018 – 5-6 – Point Guard – Memphis, Tenn. – Quick and athletic…Ball skills are effective…Hesitation creates opportunities…Always looking to attack…Weak hand needs some attention…Lots of acceleration off her moves…Can make defenders pay for slow perimeter closeouts spotting up

Jireh Washington – 2018 – 5-9 – Guard – Memphis, Tenn. – Combo…Wiry athlete…Individual skills are strong…Lots of speed with the ball…First step can be explosive…Change of speed gets defenders out of their stance…Tends to overdribble at times…Pull up in traffic is sharp…Strong moments

Taylor Woodhouse – 2021 – 5-4 – Point Guard – Olive Branch, Miss. – Smooth and fluid with the ball…Mixes up speed and direction…Accelerates off her moves…Form is there on the jumper and the pull up…Needs to become a factor without the ball in her hands to keep defenders honest

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Myah Taylor (Olive Branch) 3 X Commercial Appeal Girls Basketball Player of the Year

Image from Commercial Appeal 

Congratulations to Myah!


Olive Branch's Myah Taylor, who is headed to Mississippi State, won the basketball honor for the third year in a row, joining Central's Nina Davis and Jasmine James of Bartlett as the only players to achieve that feat.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

2017 Memphis Regional High School Summer Camps/Leagues

Northpoint Lady Trojans Elementary & Middle School Girls Basketball Camp | May 30-31 | 1st-5th Grade (8am-11:30) 6th-8th grade (1pm-5pm) | $70 | Contact Ryan Richardson ryan34@gmail.com or 901-485-4157

Arlington Girls Basketball Camp | May 30-June 2 | 2nd-9th grade | $80 before May 30, $85 a the door | Call 901-233-9723

Olive Branch Summer League | June 1-2; June 6-8, June 13-14, June 19-21, June 28-29 | $35 per game, $125 for 4 Games | Contact Jason Thompson 901-268-2078

Westwood Summer League | June 5-7 | $200 | Contact Coach Brown @ 731-571-2679 or Coach Benton @ 901-315-3706

Harding Academy Team Camp | June 8, 9, 10 | $320 for 2 games per day | Contact Becky Starks 901-483-1784 or starks.becky@hardinglions.org

Fayette Ware Middle School Summer Team Camp | June 10 | @ West Junior High | $75 per team | Contact Sherri Smith 901-493-7791

Northpoint Lady Trojans Varsity Team Camp | June 12, 13, 14 | $45 per player or $325 per team | Contact Ryan Richardson ryan34@gmail.com, 901-485-4157 or Barry Gray bgray@ncstrojans.com, 601-757-5061

Lausanne Basketball Camp | June 12-16 | 9am-12pm | 1st - 8th grade | $135 | Contact Lesa Mears @ lmears@lausanneschoolcom, (901) 626-2249 | lausanneschool.com/summer

Northpoint Lady Trojans Middle School Girls Basketball Camp | June 15-16 | 7th, 8th and Combo Teams | $40 | Contact Ryan Richardson ryan34@gmail.com or 901-485-4157

Collierville Girls Basketball Camp | June 19-22 (1st-5th grade); July 10-12 (6th-8th grade) | $125 | www.colliervillecamps.com/girls-basketball-camps.cfm

St. Agness Girls Basketball Camp | June 19-23 | 2nd-8th grade | $125 | Call 901-618-5700

2017 Regional Summer College Basketball Camps Information

Here are some opportunities within the region surrounding Memphis to work on developing your basketball skills and guarantee that you are playing in front of the specific women’s basketball college coaching staffs:

June 8 - Memphis Elite Camp (9th-12th Grade) - $50 - Flyer

June 9 - Memphis Team Camp - $225 - Flyer

June 9 - Arkansas State Shooting Camp (4th-12th Grade) - $60 - Flyer

June 10 - CBU Elite Camp - (9th-12th Grade) - $40 - Flyer

June 10-11 Arkansas State Jr. High Elite Camp (7th-8th Grade) - $150 - Flyer

June 12-14 Austin Peay Shooting Camp (5th-8th grade) - $60 - Flyer

June 12 -15 Mississippi State Day Camp (2nd-7th grade) - $65 - Website

June 12 - 15 Ole Miss Day Camp (5 years old - 8th Grade) - $140 - Flyer

June 13 - Southern Miss Team Shoot Out - $240 - Flyer

June 16 - Ole Miss Team Shootout - $100 + $65 Per game Fee - Flyer

June 16 & 17 Mississippi State Team Shootout - $250 per day - Website

June 17 Austin Peay Team Camp $150/$250 - Flyer

June 17 - Vanderbilt Elite Camp (8th-12th grade) - $100 - Website

June 17-18 - Southern Miss Elite Overnight Camp (10th-12th Grade) - $100/$75 - Flyer

June 18 - SEMO Elite Camp (9th-12th Grade) - $40 - Website

June 19  East Mississippi Community College Skills Camp - $40 - Flyer

June 19-21 - MTSU Team Camp - $150 - Flyer

June 19-22 - Memphis Day Camp (3rd-9th Grade) - $225 - Flyer

June 21-23 - Ole Miss Team Camp - $100 + $65 Per game Fee - Flyer

June 24 - Ole Miss Elite Skills Camp (7th-12th Grade) - $50 - Flyer

August 5 - Southern Miss Elite Day Camp (10th-12th Grade) - $40 - Flyer

Friday, May 26, 2017

Jayla Hemingway Standout at Captial Cool 2017

Last weekend, several top national teams traveled to Montgomery, AL to participate in the 5th Annual Capital Cool Classic. Several young ladies from Tennessee stood out in the event including Houston's 10th grader Jayla Hemingway.

Pass Tha Ball was there evaluating the event and this is what they had to say about Jayla:


Jayla Hemingway, 5-10, shooting guard, Tennessee Flight Silver (Collierville, Tennessee) Hemingway, a Power 5 prospect, is a first option driver, but can, as she did in the bracket final, hit a key three. She led Flight in scoring in the championship game.

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Myah Taylor, MS Preps 2x Female Athlete of the Year/Female Basketball Player of the Year

image and article from Clarion-Ledger


When Myah Taylor’s senior season began, she had already been named Gatorade Player of the Year twice. She was ranked as the No. 1 player in the state of Mississippi and top 50 in the country. She’d won countless tournament MVP awards and earned the Female Athlete of the Year award for her performance on the court during the 2015-16 season.

Still, Taylor had one more accomplishment to add to the list: become a state champion.

Her four previous seasons with Olive Branch were nothing short of spectacular individually. Her talent on the basketball court was proven year-in and year-out by the accolades she continued to pull in. Every year though her team fell short of winning the coveted gold ball.

Her freshman year Taylor led her team to Jackson and the semifinals, before a broken foot sidelined her for all but a few seconds of the championship game. The next season she again led her team back to the championship, but Horn Lake took the title. Her junior season she again set her sights on the Coliseum and the possibility of hoisting the championship trophy above her head, but Olive Branch lost to Starkville in the second round.

Everything was different her senior season, with nothing to lose and everything to gain. Taylor knew this would be the year they’d win it all. Averaging 23 points, eight assists, five rebounds and three steals per game, the 5-foot-7 point guard led Olive Branch to its first state title in school history. She's also now the first two-time winner of The Clarion-Ledger Sports Awards Female Athlete of the Year award.

“It wasn’t easy,” Taylor said. “There have been some great moments and some sad moments. Very painful moments when my body was sore and I felt like I couldn’t do it anymore. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t easy at all. But it was worth it. I’m just glad I never gave up.”

Her entire career Taylor has reaped the rewards of her hard work and determination to be the best. On top of winning a state title this season, Taylor earned the Gatorade Player of the Year nod for the third consecutive year, was a McDonald’s All-American nominee and made USA Today’s third team.

If she hadn’t already cemented her place in Mississippi high school basketball history, there’s no question she has now.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

NEB Spring Invitational Recap

InsiderExposure Media was in attendance at the NEB Spring Invitational event during the second week of the NCAA Spring Evaluation period. Several Memphis-area players caught their attention.


G Sade Hudson 5’8 2018 Team Slink Pink (Trezevant) 2018 Set the tone for her team all weekend through her awesome hustle and activity on defense. She also proved to be a nightmare for opposing teams through her playmaking on offense- whether it was her shooting the 3 ball at a high clip, blowing by her man and finishing at the rim, or penetrating and finding her teammates for open shots- she did it all!

G Chloe Moore 5’9 2020 Lady Silver Foxes (Greenfield) Big time game winner! She already has great length and athleticism for a PG. She plays hard, competes on the glass at both ends, has great vision and awareness, and is very adept at using fakes (whether off the catch or off the dribble) to get wherever she wants. She had one of the best clutch plays of the weekend when she drove the full length of the court, shook her defender loose and stepped back into a 3 pointer to tie the game up and send it into overtime.

G Joi Montgomery 5’8 2020 AR JB Lady Ballers (Marion(AR)) 2020 Baller who can pretty much do everything. Easily the most enjoyable player to watch this weekend purely because of her will to win. Whatever her team needed- she delivered. Big time rebounds, lock down defense and clutch plays down the stretch were all on display. She was very unselfish as well and always seemed to make the right decision.

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Manaya Jones (Raleigh-Egypt) transfers from Old Dominion to return home to Memphis


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Memphis Area 2017 Class Signings

Please email popo@girlsbasketballtrainer.com commitments/signing updates and pictures.







Zaire Hicks


Damiah Griffin


Johnna Jones




Tamia Aldridge (Bolton/Team Slink) - signed with Bryan College
Teal Battle (White Station/Lady Mambas) - committed to Arkansas-Little Rock
Tasia Bland (Raleigh-Egypt) - signed with Dyersburg State
Emily Evans (Southaven/Lady Mambas) - signed with East Mississippi CC
Shaela Gardner (Houston/TN Flight) - Signed with Chipola College
Damiah Griffin (White Station/Team Penny) - committed to UT Martin
Zakyia Head (Raleigh-Egypt) - signed with Dyersburg State
Zaire Hicks (White Station/Lady Mambas) - committed to UT Martin
Dallas Hullett (Olive Branch) - signed with Blue Mountain
Dontrecia Johnson (Whitehaven) - signed with Rhodes College
Erica Jones (Southaven/Lady Mambas) - committed to Kentucky State
Johnna Jones (Munford/Clarksvile SOL/TN Glory) - committed to CBU
Myah LeFlore (St. Benedict/Team Penny) - committed to Austin Peay
Rochelle Lee (Houston/Lady Magic) - committed to Chattanooga
Antoinette Lewis (Harding Academy/Team Penny) - committed to South Alabama
Taelor Manning (White Station) - signed with Millsaps College
Kiara McCollins (Mitchell) - signed with Itawamba CC
Selena Pruitt (Lausanne/Team Penny) - committed to Alabama-Huntsville
De'Aysia Reeder (Whitehaven) - signed with Arkansas State-Midsouth
Takya Reid (Hamilton) - signed with Southwest TN CC
Ericka Richardson (Horn Lake) - signed with EKU
Hannah Shafer (Northpoint) - Signed with Mississippi College
Myah Taylor (Olive Branch/Southern Starz) committed to Mississippi State
Heaven Thompson (Bolton/Team Slink) committed to Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Tesia Thompson (Hamilton/Team Penny) signed with SEMO
Lindsey Whiteside (Northpoint/Lady Mambas) signed with Rhodes College
Ariel Williams (Whitehaven/Memphis Dream) signed with Grambling State
Alexus Williams (Whitehaven) signed with Grambling State
Taylor Williams (White Station/Team Slink) signed with Tennessee State
Jayla Woods (Whitehaven) signed with Arkansas State-Midsouth
Andreana Wrister (Cordova/Memphis Elite Daniels) committed to Mississippi Valley State

Monday, May 8, 2017

Meet the Commercial Appeal 2016-2017All-Metro Girls Basketball Team

From the Commercial Appeal


Meet the semifinalists for The Commercial Appeal's girls basketball player of the year.

The winners will be announced the inaugural Commercial Appeal Sports Awards at the Opheum on June 9.

Player of the Year SemiFinalists



Newcomers of the Year - Tess Darby & Chloe Moore

image and article from The Jackson Sun



GREENFIELD — Girls basketball at Greenfield has always been one of the top programs in West Tennessee.

But with injuries and the reliance on young players, there were some unknowns on how good the Lady Yellowjackets could be this season.

Behind the play of freshmen Tess Darby and Chloe Moore, Greenfield won its first girls basketball district title since 1979.

Darby averaged 18.6 points and 4.1 rebounds, while Moore averaged 14.9 points, 4.0 assists and 2.9 steals to be named the 2017 All-West Tennessee co-Newcomers of the Year.

"I expected us to be able to compete for the district title because I had played with these girls before, and I know how to play with them," Moore said. "It was a great experience."

Darby and Moore play totally different positions for the Lady Yellowjackets, so they know how to feed off of each other and attack in two different ways.

"We were used to playing with each other," Darby said. "We knew what our strengths and weaknesses are."

So what does each feel like her strength is?

"I feel like I see the floor really well, and I know when and where to pass it," Moore said.

"My strength is my height and being able to play in the post," Darby said.

Moore does more of the ball handling, working on breaking presses and running the offense, which Darby feels complements her game.

"She can dribble the ball, unlike me, so she can help us get into our offenses," Darby said.

Darby is more of a threat under the basket, and she has the ability to score 30 points on any given night, which complements the play of Moore.

"Tess' shooting helps that when I pass it to her, she has a quick release," Moore said.

Greenfield reached the region semifinals this season before losing to Dresden. Darby felt that the Lady Yellowjackets should have done more, but she is ready to put in the work this offseason for next year.

"I want to get stronger," Darby said. "That was one of the hard parts about last year was going up against bigger, stronger people."

Moore also has her sights set on being better for next season.

"I want to be more of a leader next year," Moore said. "We have a lot of potential with the ability to go to state."

Monday, May 1, 2017

Memphis-Area Players make ALL-USA Team

Last week, USA TODAY High School Sports announced the American Family Insurance ALL-USA State Girls Basketball Teams.

Several players from our area made the teams:

Tennessee:




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Mississippi:


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Monday, April 3, 2017

Mississippi State signee Myah Taylor delighted by win over UConn

article from Commercial Appeal

Myah Taylor got her workout in Friday night.

The Gatorade player of the year from state champion Olive Branch was one of the many who tuned in to watch Mississippi State end UConn's 111-game winning streak in the women's Final Four. And Taylor had more of a rooting interest than most; she'll be a freshman on the Bulldogs next season.

"I jumped on the bed," she said of her reaction to Morgan William's buzzer-beating winner in overtime.

"I ran about 10 laps around the house. I could of gone through the TV. Everybody at my house just went crazy."

Indeed, just about everyone outside of the Northeast went wild after the Bulldogs' 66-64 overtime victory ended the longest winning streak in college sports history and propelled the Bulldogs into Sunday's 5 p.m. title game against SEC rival South Carolina, which eliminated Stanford.

"It was very exciting, coming from last year (losing to by 60 to the Huskies in the Sweet 16) to this year," Taylor said. "I think their tactic was to attack, to hit UConn in the mouth early and show that they were a different team, that they weren't scared."

Taylor was especially excited for William, who finished with 13 points and six assists. The two-time Commercial Appeal player of the year said William has served as a big sister of sorts as she prepares for life at the college level.

"She's watched some of my games, given me pointers," Taylor said. "She's a wonderful person with a big heart and I think everyone can see that now."

Throughout the season, there had been plenty of national debate about whether the Huskies' streak was a good thing or a bad thing for women's basketball as a whole. Taylor sends State's victory sends a clear message.

"I think it gives a lot of teams hope," she said. "Why not us, too? It's like (UConn coach) Geno (Auriemma) said, he knew theur time to lose was coming. I'm just really excited it was Mississippi State (that ended the streak)."

Thursday, March 30, 2017

2016-17 TSWA All-State Girls Basketball Teams

Here’s a look at the 2016-17 all-state girls basketball team, as selected by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association:


Class AAA
Anastasia Hayes, Riverdale, Sr.
Jayla Hemingway,  Houston, So.
Rhyne Howard, Bradley Central, Jr.
Brinae Alexander, Riverdale, Jr.
Hale Hughes, Bradley Central, Sr.
Elizabeth Dixon, Ridgeway, Jr.
Jireh Washington, Memphis Central, Jr.
Johne’ Stewart, Memphis Central, Jr.
Tesia Thompson, Hamilton, Sr.
Sydney Newsome, Morristown West, Sr.
Emily Beard, Dickson County, Sr.
Kailey Rosenbaum, Dickson County, Jr.
Addison Byrd, Wilson Central, Sr.
Gabby Crawford, Munford, Jr.
Brianah Ferby, Stewarts Creek, Sr.


Class AA
Akira Levy, Upperman, Jr.
Jacobi Lynn, McMinn Central, Sr.
Erica Haynes-Overton, East Nashville, Sr.
Janiah Sandifer, Pearl-Cohn, Sr.
Shawnta Shaw, Pearl-Cohn, Jr.
Sydni Lollar, Greeneville, Jr.
Abby Greenwood, Upperman, Sr.
Paige Pipkin, Chester County, Sr.
Jamirah Shutes, Haywood, Jr.
Savannah LeGate, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Sr.
KeKe McKinney, Fulton, Sr.
Keeley Carter, Macon County, Fr.
Quanardra Miller, Jackson South Side, So.
Qua Hines, Gatlinburg Pittman, Sr.
Karli Combs, Grainger, Sr.


Class A
Ali Golden, Huntland, Sr.
Taylor Lamb, South Greene, Jr.
Kara Meadows, Clarkrange, Sr.
Caitlyn Yost, Forrest, Sr.
Abby Buckner, Middle Tennessee Christian, Sr.
Alyssa LeMay, Mt. Pleasant, Sr.
Braelyn Wykle, South Greene, So.
Chelsey Perry, Middleton, Sr.
Brynne Lytle, Trinity Christian Academy, Sr.
Kyleigh Hardy, Jackson County, Jr.
Courtney Pritchett, Pickett County, Jr.
Jesica Keith, Huntingdon, Sr.
Tess Darby, Greenfield, Fr.
Sydney Boykin, Clarksville Academy, Fr.
Kaylea Foster, Coalfield, Sr.

Division II
Ashtyn Baker, Northpoint Christian, Sr.
Anna Jones, USJ, Sr.
Antoinette Lewis, Harding Academy, Sr.
Jordyn Cambridge, Ensworth, Jr.
Sydni Harvey, Brentwood Academy, Jr.
Myah LeFlore, St. Benedict, Sr.
Bria Dial, Brentwood Academy, Sr.
Audrey Burdge, Father Ryan, Sr.
Riley Casey, Franklin Road Academy, Sr.
Allison Cowie, Battle Ground Academy, Sr.
Casey Collier, Webb School of Knoxville, So.
Lindsey Whiteside, Northpoint Christian, Sr.
Mya Long, Baylor School, Sr.
Selena Pruitt, Lausanne Collegiate, Sr.
Savanna Owens, Briarcrest Christian, Jr.

Monday, March 20, 2017

2017 Best of West Middle School Girls Exposure Camp Recap

Patosha Jeffery and Power5 B Ball teamed up to bring The Best of West Middle School Girls Exposure Camp to Memphis, TN on March 4, 2017. Fifty-five players from Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas represented at the 4 hour event. The players went through fundamental and competitive drills as evaluators Dan Olson (Girls Basketball Report/espnW), Memphis Girls Basketball, Major Prep Sports, Tiger Sports Report and videographer, Mykal Anthony Media, were in attendance.



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Memphis Players Shine at 2017 Battle at the Hive

Insider Exposure was in attendance of the Battle at the Hive event.

Check out what they had to say about 2021 Point Guard Se'Quoia Almond

Se’Quoia Allmond – 5’8 PG – 2021 – Bellevue MS – Memphis War Eagles 2021 – Nice size and build for an athletic PG, Allmond may have had the best handles at the event. Really nice in & out dribble, between the legs and behind the back, she was able to move the ball around even under pressure in heavy traffic. Had a nice euro step on a drive to the rack and played with an upbeat attitude and good motor.

Honorable Mentions:

Ciara Taylor – 2021 – Memphis War Eagles
Dionna Reed – 2021 – Memphis War Eagles
Destinee Wells – 2020 – Team Penny Wareagles/Houston
Megan Sanfrantello – 2020 – Team Penny Wareagles/Tipton-Rosemark

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Memphis area prospects in the NCAA women's tournament

From Commercial Appeal

The NCAA women’s basketball tournament begins on Friday and the Memphis area will have several rooting interests even though none of its college teams are involved this year. Here’s a rundown of the local prospects from the surrounding area that could pop up on your television screen in the coming weeks.

F Nina Davis, Baylor, Sr. — This 5-foot-11 post player, who was a Parade all-American and Tennessee’s Gatorade Player of the Year while starring at Central High School, is only the fifth player in Baylor history to register more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Though she averaged career-lows of 12.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game this season due to an influx of talent for the Bears, she is nonetheless a major cog in their quest to make the Final Four for the first time in five years. Davis earned Big 12 player of the year and second team all-American honors last season, when Baylor lost in the Elite Eight for the third straight season.

F Jasmine Joyner, Chattanooga, Sr. — The 6-foot-2 Southaven, Miss. native was the only player in the Southern Conference to average a double-double this season and earned first team all-conference and conference defensive player of the year honors as a result. She had eight double-doubles over the final nine games of the season. She averaged 13.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and nearly four blocks per game.

G Jaida Roper, Kentucky, Fr. — The former Houston High star was a late addition to Kentucky’s 2016 recruiting class and became a useful contributor right away for the Wildcats as this season progressed. She started twice in December and has played at least 10 minutes in 13 of the past 17 games. Roper is averaging 2.8 points and 1.2 assists per game.

G Olivia Cunningham, Toledo, So. — The Horn Lake, Miss. native began her college career at Murray State and has become a crucial reserve in her first season playing at Toledo. The combo guard is averaging 5.6 points per game and scored a season-best 20 points when the Rockets beat Northern Illinois to win the Mid-American Conference tournament championship game.

C Raquel Logan, Central Arkansas, Sr. — This West Memphis, Ark., native is starting for the Southland Conference champions and averaging six points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game this year.

F Tieraney Paylor, Central Arkansas, So. — The former Ridgeway standout is redshirting this year due to an achilles injury.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Olive Branch star, Myah Taylor, honored

image and article from Commercial Appeal



If there was any lingering doubt — and really at this point there shouldn't have been, but if there was — Myah Taylor has put it all to rest. The Olive Branch senior will go down as one of the best and most-honored girls basketball players in the history of the area.

Taylor cemented her legacy on Monday when she was named Gatorade's state player of the year for a record third straight time. The honor comes after the Mississippi State signee led the Quistors to the MHSAA 6A state championship with a 57-54 victory over Starkville at Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson on Saturday.

Olive Branch ends the season 33-1 and is ranked 19th in the latest USA Today national poll.

"I had to sacrifice a lot but like my dad told me, now I can see the hard work has paid off," said Taylor. "Things like not going out with my friends ... I'll either be at home studying or in the gym.

"Don't get me wrong, winning the Gatorade award is great. But our number one goal all season was to win state as a team. That's what we worked toward all year; our motto was 'all in.' I couldn't have done any of this without my teammates."

The 5-6 Taylor — who is ranked 49th nationally in the class of 2016 according to ESPN HoopGurlz — averaged 21.6 points, 7.5 assists and 7 steals for Olive Branch this season while shooting 49 percent from the floor. Off the court she's just as impressive, maintaining a 4.10 grade-point average.

She capped her career with a 16-point, 9-steal, 6-assist effort in the victory over Starkville.

Anastasia Hayes, the Miss Basketball winner from undefeated state champ Murfreesboro Riverdale, was the Gatorade winner for Tennessee.

DIXON TO GEORGIA TECH

Georgia Tech has picked up another verbal commitment from a Shelby County girls basketball standout as Ridgeway's Elizabeth Dixon announced via Twitter on Sunday that she was headed to Atlanta.

"After heavy consideration and talking with family, I'm excited to further my education at Georgia Tech," she Tweeted. "I'm so excited and can't wait."

Dixon will be joined by another talented class of 2018 standout, Whitehaven sharp-shooter Jasmine Carson, who committed to the Yellow Jackets last month.

The 6-3 Dixon is currently the 20th-ranked junior in the nation according to ESPN HoopGurlz. She attracted serious recruiting interest from a host of strong programs, including Baylor, Tennessee, Ohio State, Florida State, Louisville, Kentucky and Maryland.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Myah Taylor (Olive Branch) 3x MS Gatorade Player of the Year



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Olive Branch finishes strong, wins the 6A title

image and article from Clarionledger.com



To get to where Olive Branch wanted to go, it was not going to be pretty.

But while the method of digging itself out of a double-digit hole and holding up the gold ball as the 6A state champions may have not been the preferred way to go about it, it was nonetheless effective.

Using a grinding full-court trap Olive Branch beat Starkville 57-54 on Saturday in Mississippi Coliseum, despite getting less than stellar games from both of its Dandy Dozen players.

“I’m just glad that it worked out,” coach Jason Thompson said.

Myah Taylor, the top player in the state and a Mississippi State signee (for the second game in a row, future head coach Vic Schaefer was watching), finished with 16 points, but she was 5-of-18 from the floor, 0-of-5 from 3-point range and even 6-of-16 at the free throw line. That’s not typical Taylor.

Mahogany Vaught was the player of the game with 14 points, but she was also 4-of-14 from the field. They, and their teammates, were struggling in the first half (8-of-27 FG), and it took a quick four-point burst just to make it 26-21 at halftime against the Lady Jackets (31-1).

“I told them that’s it a long haul, ladies,” Thompson said. “Sometimes a game may be over early but a good team is going to make you fight to the finish. I said, ‘We’re built for this.’ It’s no big thing to us.”

Thompson also made sure Taylor and Vaught knew he was going to ride with them throughout.

“I told them, ‘Stick to it. We’re going to find a way,’” Thompson said. “Win, lose or draw, you always want your best kids to have the ball to give you a chance to win. They’ve been doing it their whole life. Ain’t no different today.”

So as a team they ratcheted up the pressure, to great effect: Starkville turned the ball over eight times in the third quarter and 14 in the second half. The Lady Jackets went the last six minutes of the third quarter and first minute of the fourth without making a field goal.

“We rattled them, the ball-handlers,” Vaught said. “That’s really our game, defense. And it’s what turned us up in the second half.”

It led to some easy Olive Branch baskets, but also a lot of free throws for both sides (55 total). Starkville, to its credit, held on as long as it could on the defensive end, and it was still 49-49 with three minutes to go.

That’s when Taylor (who finished with nine steals) made a series of free throws, and then found Nadia Gillespie along the baseline for a jumper that made it 54-49 and effectively sealed it.

“Words can’t explain it,” Taylor said. “I’m just very proud of my team. Very excited.”